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Jacob Tebes, PhD, BS

Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), in the Child Study Center and of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry; Director, The Consultation Center; Chief Psychologist, Connecticut Mental Health Center; Program Director, NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention; Director, Elm City COMPASS, Psychiatry

Contact Information

Jacob Tebes, PhD, BS

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Yale Division of Prevention & Community Research and The Consultation Center, 389 Whitney Avenue

    New Haven, CT 06511-

    United States



Jacob Kraemer Tebes is Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology (Social and Behavioral Sciences), Yale School of Public Health. He is Director of the Division of Prevention and Community Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Chief Psychologist at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, and Director of Yale's NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Substance Abuse Prevention. Through a partnership with the City of New Haven, Continuum of Care, Inc., and Yale, he also serves as the Director of Elm City COMPASS (Compassionate Allies Serving our Streets), a community-based civilian initiative to complement and support the work of New Haven first responders (police, fire, emergency medical) to assist individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. Dr. Tebes is the former Executive Director of The Consultation Center at Yale and the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Dr. Tebes received his B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing a doctoral fellowship at Yale focused on developing partnerships with community stakeholders, he joined the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. His professional activities include research, service, teaching, and administration, much of it centered on issues related to enhancing equity and social justice, reducing systemic barriers to opportunity, and promoting resilience. His research focuses on the promotion of resilience in at risk populations recovering from trauma or crises, usually through community-wide or school-based trauma-informed interventions, and on the prevention of adolescent substance use. His scholarly work has also focused on incorporating equity into how research is conducted; community research methods; program evaluation; philosophy of science; and team science. He has received funding for his research and community-based evaluations from NIH, SAMHSA, ACF, state and municipal agencies, and private foundations. Dr. Tebes also consults to public agencies, healthcare and community-based organizations, and schools on the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and services, and on the use of data to inform practice and policy. He teaches or has taught a variety of seminars to postdoctoral and doctoral fellows in community and clinical psychology and in prevention science on the following topics: community-based interventions, prevention, human diversity and multiculturalism, community research methods, clinical methods of child intervention, and professional development. He has served on leadership teams of Yale training programs in interdisciplinary team science. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he led a tri-state, system-wide initiative to support healthcare workers and their families through virtual, interactive Stress and Resilience Town Halls.

Education & Training

  • Predoctoral Fellowship in Clinical/Community Psychology
    Yale University School of Medicine (1984)
  • PhD
    SUNY at Buffalo (1984)
  • BS
    Georgetown University, Psychology, Magna Cum Laude & Phi Beta Kappa

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Contributions to Theory and Research in Community PsychologySociety for Community Research & Action: Division 27 of the American Psychological Association2015
Sidney J. Blatt Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching, and Professional PracticeDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine2013
Distinguished Faculty Teaching AwardDepartment of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine2008
Senior FellowConnecticut Health and Development Institute2007
FellowAmerican Psychological Association & the Society for Community Research and Action1999
Distinguished Contribution AwardNew Haven Head Start1987
Research FellowResearch Foundation of the State University of New York1982

Professional Service

Yale School of Medicine/Yale New Haven HospitalHealthcare Workers Task Force; Lead, Stress & Resilience Town Halls2020 - 2022
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & MedicineMember, Gulf Research Program, Early Career Research Fellowship Program2019
Technical Work Group, Office of Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the ArtsMember, Technical Work Group, Office of Research & Analysis2019 - 2020
Research Council, Society for Community Research and Action: Division 27 of APAFounding Member2018 - 2021
American Journal of Community PsychologyEditor-in-Chief2010 - 2017
National Evaluation of the Interdisciplinary Research Consortia, Office of Science & Policy Analysis, National Institutes of HealthExpert Panel Member, National Evaluation of the Interdisciplinary Research Consortia2009 - 2013
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLUConsulting & Testifying Expert2007 - 2010
Illinois Department of Children & Family ServicesConsulting Expert2001 - 2006
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the Illinois ACLUConsulting & Testifying Expert1995 - 1997
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, & FamiliesEvaluation Consultant, Programs & Service Systems1994 - 2016
Connecticut - Various State DepartmentsEvaluation and Research Consultant, Programs and Service Systems1985 - Present

Departments & Organizations